As the week’s pass by, we settle into helping each other out and being there for one another. We are all learning to accept we may need time out; there are times when we may wish to rest, have time to ourselves or other times when we want to chat to share our stories, lend a listening ear and support each other. It’s impossible not to hear the loud music that’s blasted out by the neighbours, it may drive us mad, wake the baby up. We try to help each other to understand it’s our neighbour’s way of sharing something they enjoy or maybe they are just trying to get through these unpredicted times the best way possible like we are all trying to do. Perhaps, we are becoming more accepting and tolerant of the different way’s we are each coping?
Through this global pandemic, what Dean has noticed is everyday folk “have stepped up” to help each other. Neighbours who quietly got on with their own life’s, have become genuine leader’s in this community, they don’t shout about what they do, they just listen and act. They go out of there way to go the extra mile and quietly and confidently bring people together across the distance. They have lived in the area a long time, know who to talk to about getting things done and help turn our ideas into actions. These every day quiet leaders are the “shining people” in this community, they don’t do what they do for money or public recognition they do it “to make it a better place for them and the kids to live”.
Something extraordinary is happening the shining people in our neighbourhood are helping to motivate and regenerate this area. A strong “let’s do attitude” is growing, neighbours describe this as uplifting and clearly positivity is spreading through neighbourliness. We aren’t sure what’s going to happen next, tomorrow is a new day but we are sure we are now there for each other and it’s a much less lonely place.
We have continued to find something positive out of these unusual times we talk over the wall 2 metre’s apart the topic of the moment is about schools re -opening, there are worries and anxieties but a stronger sense of togetherness to face these dilemmas.
Dean/Alison 18th May 2020